Fun Fall Events & Activities in Durham, NC [2021 Edition]

Durham Fall Events

From pumpkins to ballgames, festivals to flowers, there’s plenty going on in Durham, NC this fall. Featured below are just some of the fun-filled fall event and festivities you'll find happening around Durham in 2021. For more information about a particular event, visit the event website linked below, and if there's something we forgot to include, let us know in the comments section at the bottom!

Durham Farmers’ Market

  • When: Saturdays through November 20
  • Where: Pavilion at Durham Central Park
  • Website

There’s still time to enjoy the Durham Farmers’ Market. The Saturday market runs each morning from now through November 20 at Durham Central Park. It’s a great place to pick up some fruits and veggies, fresh eggs, baked items, flowers, herbs and more. 

Harvest & Hornworm Festival

  • When: August 28
  • Where: Duke Homestead
  • Website

Don’t let the crazy name throw you off, the Harvest & Hornworm Festival at Duke Homestead is fun for the entire family. Held the last Saturday of August, the festival is a celebration of the state’s farming history and culture. You’ll find arts and crafts, live music, a moon pie eating contest and a hornworm race. You can also see tobacco harvested right from the field. Best of all, the festival is free.

The Fall Feast

  • When: September 10-12
  • Where: The Blue Note Grill 
  • Website

Mid-September brings about The Fall Feast, presented by Durham Summer. The weekend-long event features live music, barbecue, bourbon and beer tastings. The feast takes place at The Blue Note Grill and some adjacent parking lots. The event benefits local musicians and music education for kids.

Durham Bulls

  • When: September 26
  • Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Website

Late September is your final chance to see the Durham Bulls in action on the home field this season. The Bulls take on the Stripers in the final home game of 2021. The afternoon event at the ballpark is a fan appreciation game.

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Pumpkin Patch Express

  • When: Saturdays/Sundays in October
  • Where: Museum of Life+Science
  • Website

The Pumpkin Patch Express runs Saturdays and Sundays in October at the Museum of Life+Science. Take a ride on the train, play some mini golf, do the hay maze and pick out a pumpkin. Tickets will be available on-line.

4th Annual Festival of Nations

  • When: October 3
  • Where: Durham Central Park
  • Website

Another free festival kicks off the first Sunday in October. The 4th Annual Festival of Nations takes place in person at Durham Central Park. Presented by Sister Cities of Durham, the festival highlights the city’s international community. You’ll find games, raffles, music, food trucks and cultural booths. A virtual component of the festival runs from late September through the end of the year. 

Mums the World Tour

  • When: October 6
  • Where: Duke Gardens
  • Website

See fall colors in full bloom during the Mums the World Tour in early October. Held at Duke Gardens, the event offers an up close look at mums grown right in the gardens, led by a Duke Gardens horticulturist. Attendees must register in advance, but there’s no cost for Duke Gardens members.

Halloween Phantasmagoria

  • When: October 29
  • Where: Duke Homestead
  • Website

Head back to Duke Homestead at the end of October for Halloween Phantasmagoria. This unique Halloween experience gives a 19th century take on an annual tradition. Tickets go on sale closer to the event.

Hallow-Eno

  • When: October 31
  • Where: West Point on the Eno
  • Website

Halloween night brings the 32nd annual Hallow-Eno to West Point on the Eno. The nighttime event is fun for the entire family, but especially for kids ages 12 and younger. The evening features hayrides, games and crafts, face painting, treats, stories and a campfire. 

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